Applied Learning: STEM + Computer Science Programs

TechGateway App Challenge

SF TechGateway MapThe TechGateway App Challenge 2016-17 inspired Broward County Public Schools students grades 6-12 to create an app that educates tri-county (Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade) residents of technology companies doing business in South Florida.

The teams were challenged to design, storyboard, and create an app that incorporated the TechGateway interactive map and info at The South Florida TechGateway, a public/private collaboration, is solidifying South Florida as one of the world’s technology centers of excellence by branding, developing and attracting globally-recognized talent, entrepreneurs, educators and capital investors.

Congratulations to the participating schools for their incredible apps!

Boyd Anderson High School
Lauderhill 6-12
McArthur High School
Monarch High School
James S. Rickards Middle School
South Broward High School


The Super Cool Ones Team, Boyd H. Anderson High School

Imani Williams (Grade 12), Tracy Morgan (Grade 11), Nancy Dalmace (Grade 12), Lowensky Fleurinord (Grade 12), Frank Stanko (Grade 12)
Adviser: Jimmy Maruri
App Name: XIIMO
A college graduate who rises from the bottom to the top in Technical career.
Downloadable App (MIT App Inventor):
The app (“.apk” file) can be installed on an Android (or with an emulator). Anyone installing the app will need to change the setting on their phone to allow installation of non-market applications.


TUGA (The Ultimate Group of Awesomeness) Team, Lauderhill 6-12techtouch_prototype

tuga_techtouchappNatasha Kiture-10th grade; Shanese Wright-11th grade
Adviser: Randall Deich
App name: Tech Touch
Tech Touch is an app that connects teens with computer science skills to Tech Companies in the Tri-County area. Tech Touch aligns Student skills and Company needs. The app can open doors for teens as well as Tech Companies who are looking for people who has computer science skills. For the students this means possible employment, internships, recognition and learning opportunities. The Company benefits with an increase of their name recognition, investment into community resources, and providing a student friendly environment for job growth connecting school to work.
App link:

redbarMcArthur Tech Team, McArthur High School

McArthur Tech Team

McArthur Tech Team

Adviser: Vanessa Bruton
App Name: Florida IT Career
The information technology industry employs nearly 6 million individuals across a range of industries, from technology to healthcare, finance and education. As an occupational field, information technology is projected to be one of the fastest growing in the nation, collectively producing 18 percent additional job openings nationally between 2012 and 2022. The following page serves as a high-level introduction to information technology, from the trends and drivers impacting change, overviews of career avenues and earning potential, as well as a discussion about landing a job in the industry. These app will provide information about the local in addition to the surrounding counties IT careers.
1. Tavarda Rolle, 12th and Zanazejah Young, 11th –
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2. Gerardo Gonzalez, 11th –

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3. Zavville Bryan, 10th and Emerson Baltazar, 10th –
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4. Ashlin Burgess, 11th and Katherine Samarriba, 12th –
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5. Rodey Anderson, 10th and Pablo Castellar, 10th –

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redbarTechKnights Team, Monarch High School

appscreenSalvatore Monaco, grade 12; Kane W. Tobey, grade 10; Gabriel Cunha, grade 12
Adviser: Lori Fuller
App Name: CollegeQuest

This app will help you find colleges connected with TechGateway. It offers a map that will help you locate businesses and colleges all over South Florida. It has three screens, a splashScreen, a Map screen, and a college screen. The app switches between screens using buttons. There are a total of six lists, two for each county. This app uses a web viewer.

Downloadable App (MIT App Inventor):

The app (“.apk” file) can be installed on an Android (or with an emulator). Anyone installing the app will need to change the setting on their phone to allow installation of non-market applications.redbarTech Club Rockets Team, James S. Rickards Middle School

techclubmobil-appSteven Dioncio, Anel Matute, Khiara Clarke-Duncan, Barrell Olivakovich, Rey Jayson Luz, Micheka Saintil, Damian Diaz, Pablo Medina, 7th grade), Francois Jubens, Ashley Feregrino, Shirley Discua (6th)
Adviser: Sasha Sookdeo
App Name: SFC Careers
To create a searchable database of local Informational Technology companies in the tri-county area.
App Link:

redbarNaxwell Techies Team, South Broward High School

naxwelltechies naxwell-techies-app-screenshotMark Nam (12th) and Arianna Maxwell (12th)
Adviser: Justin Feller
App Name: SF TechGateway
An interactive map which captures the current technology companies in three South Florida counties; Broward, Dade and Palm Beach.
App Link: